Skype for Android has been given a breathe of life today as a new update has officially brought portrait calling to tablet users. The majority of the application still doesn’t support portrait mode, though this is unquestionably a step in the right direction. Previously, users with top-mounted front facing cameras would be forced to use the tablet in landscape, inevitably creating a strange camera angle. Also included in the update is a slew of much-needed bug fixes, as well as a swath of languages including Norwegian, Portuguese and UK English. Be sure to hit the break to grab the new version from the Play Store.
There’s a new beta in town and it comes from Shape Services, makers of the ever popular IM+. IM+ is an all in one messaging app that lets you chat with your friends using Facebook, Skype, MSN/Live Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo!, AIM/iChat, ICQ, MySpace, RenRen, Jabber, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki.Ru, Yandex IM and Mail.Ru Agent. They just released version 6.2 with a black theme, which brings a lot of changes from user feedback. They would love for you to try it out and let them know what you think. Keep in mind it’s in beta. Hit the break for the full change log and download link:
If you are anything like me, and rely on instant messaging services like Google Talk, Facebook Messenger, Jabber and even Skype, you may want to check out the imo app. Aside from releasing a new update today with an improved UI and the ability to make voice calls, imo can easily handle all of your instant messaging needs, in one easy to find place.
I downloaded imo for the first time today to see what all the hype was about and I am pleased to say that it works extremely well. Not only can you access all of your IM accounts from one sleek application, you can even access the new voice chat features found on Skype and Google Talk with today’s update. The update also brings a few bug fixes and reduced battery drain, something us LTE users can really appreciate. If you have yet to try out imo or just want to get today’s update, check out the market link below. There you can read up on the app and see how many accolades they have received recently. It’s worth giving it a go.
Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is IM+ Pro, an all-in-one messaging app. IM+ is normally a large $10 to purchase and will let you connect to pretty much every messaging account that’s out there. This app also supports push mode for longer battery life and the ability to receive incoming messages even if you exit IM+. I’m not normally a fan of the all-in-one messaging apps on my phone as I prefer to only keep Google Talk logged in if someone needs me. I like the simplicity of Google Talk and its fast interface. I will say that IM+ is very clean, fast, and super easy to get started adding your accounts. The one feature that seems to be missing it the ability to collapse you buddies list by category. With multiple accounts logged in, this could lead to a lot of scrolling to find the contact you need. That aside, I’m going to give this one a shot as today it’s completely free.
This app will normally cost you a large $9.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link. Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think.
With all the IM apps and the recent addition of Google Huddle, it has become the battle of the messaging apps. Now Facebook is looking to crash the party with Facebook Messenger.
Facebook Messenger will be like Google Huddle in that you can send and receive messages within groups.
- Message friends, groups of friends or anyone in your mobile contacts
- Map your location, find your friends and make plans on the go
- Get mobile notifications so you never miss a message
- Include photos so friends can see what you’re doing
It’s no secret that there are plenty of instant messenger applications out there. Practically every company has their own chat service, each with its own client. The ones that tend to get my attention, however, are the clients that allow for multiple services to be run through one app. IM+ is one of the more popular of such apps, and it has received an update to bring it up to version 4.1.5. The key improvements are as follows:
- VKontakte and Yandex IM networks added (Cheers to our users from Russia!)
- New splendid emoticons
- Integration with Android Address Book
- New Compact Mode UI to fit smaller displays
- Ability to disable notifications in status bar
- DND status
- Improved IM+ Toast alerts
- Japanese localization
- Fixed fast battery draining //IM+ free
- Many bugfixes and performance optimizations
If you already have this app, be sure and grab the update, and if you don’t but it sounds appealing, drop by the market and download it.
There’s definitely no shortage of instant messaging clients on the Android Market these days but we thought it would be worth mentioning eBuddy Messenger for Android. Though the app has been out for quite some time, many new and fresh updates have made it a top contender in the IM department. The application allows you to message your buddies on a variety of different platforms such as Facebook, Yahoo, MySpace, Google Talk, AIM and more. Check out the full list of features after the break along with a few screenshots. The interface is smooth and easy to navigate. You can use your own Avatar and there are tons of emoticons to choose from as well. Ready to give it a go? Head on over to our apps database where you can also find a QR Code available. You can also snag the download from the Android Market. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.
I have been an avid user of Trillian on the desktop for years now. The multi-protocol instant messenger is robust with features, customizable, and just plain slick. Trillian will manage your Google Talk account, AIM, Yahoo IM, IRC, ICQ, Bonjour, Skype, Jabber, and more. When it was first released for Android in beta form I downloaded it and I liked it, but I just didn’t use it on my phone enough to justify paying for it when it went live with a price tag. If any of you find yourself in that same boat, you’ll be as glad as I am to know that Trillian 1.1 for Android is now available in the Android market for free. You can grab this app via the QR code in our app database or directly from the Android market.
According to rumor, the Yahoo! IM app for Android is getting an update this month that will allow for both voice calla and landscape video calling. While this isn’t the most groundbreaking update, it’s still nice to see Yahoo! continue to support their IM app the way they should. Hoever, don’t get your hopes up too far, as the features will only be working on the HTC Evo 4G and the myTouch 4G. Why not other front-faceing camera holders, like the Nexus S, Galaxy Tab, or Epic 4G? No news as of yet, but we’re hoping to see it soon.
You can check out the app here, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!